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High school students offered summer language program

  • Thursday, April 19, 2012

    Study Arabic or Chinese in high tech setting

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(April 19) High school-age students can get a leg up at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore this summer learning Arabic or Chinese-two languages that are in high demand in the workforce. 

    Registration is now open for The Summer Language Experience, a two-week, intensive, non-residential program designed to provide beginners with an introduction to the language as well as cultural understanding.

    "This is a great opportunity for motivated high school or home school students who want to make the most of their summer by studying a foreign language," said Tammy Gharbi, acting coordinator of the Foreign Language Instructional Center (FLIC) at UMES.  "It would take nearly 15 weeks in a traditional school year to accomplish the 60 hours of instruction offered in The Summer Language Experience."

    The courses will be taught by native-speaking instructors in a state-of-the-art language learning classroom at the university July 16-27.  Dr. Mohamed Tirab will teach Modern Standard Arabic, while Susan Yin will teach Mandarin Chinese.  Both are instructors in the Department of English and Modern Languages at UMES and teach at other educational institutions in the area.

    The fee for either course is $280 and includes all materials.  Financial assistance is available.  Call 410-651-6543 for more information.


    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580,  

    Bill Robinson, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355,